In our physical families, how we spend our money affects the rest of the family. For example, if the Father blows his paychecks on gambling and his wife can’t afford groceries, then she and the children go hungry. On the other hand, if he is wise with his money, his family can prosper.
An idea comes to mind along this line that might make a good discussion. Each congregation is autonomous and each congregation’s leadership is accountable for how they spend the Lord’s money. We are all children of God and we are all given the task to glorify Christ (Ephesians 3:20-21), through service, worship, evangelism, helping the poor, etc.
Now, consider a question. Since we are all in the same family, despite being in autonomous congregations, how accountable are we to each other, in how we spend our money? We have so many mission works and missionaries that are closing down for lack of funds. Good programs that could bless the world, never get off of the ground, for the same reason.
Therefore, I ask, how accountable are we, as members of the Lord’s body, to each other?If not in deed, what about in spirit?
There is more than enough to do the Lord’s will. But most of it goes to non-spiritual activities, which damages the progress of the entire body. God has to be completely heart-broken about this sad fact.